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Treasure of Khan: A Dirk Pitt Novel [Paperback]

Clive Cussler
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From the frigid lakes of Siberia to the hot wastes of the Gobi desert, Dirk Pitt is on the trail of fabled treasure ...Rescuing an oil survey team from a freak wave on Russia's Lake Baikal is all in a day's work for adventurers Dirk Pitt and partner Al Giordino. Yet when their ship is sabotaged and the survey team vanishes, Pitt is forced to get to the bottom of a mystery with far-reaching consequences. Soon he's on his way to Mongolia. There, a powerful and ruthless business tycoon holding an astonishing secret about Genghis Khan is hoping to emulate the legend's greatest conquests - but on a global scale! With the legacy of Khan and the lost treasures of Xanadu as the prize and the future security of the world at stake, Dirk Pitt for one isn't going to stand idly by...

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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
As the book opens, Kublai Khan's forces are preparing to subdue Japan. But a storm intervenes and the invading fleet is destroyed. One of the ships makes it unexpectedly to a faraway isle . . . and eventually returns. Next, as the Japanese march through China in 1937, a British archeologist finds a clue to the burial site of Kublai Khan. From there, Dirk Pitt, Sr. and Al Giordino are on Lake Baikal in Siberia helping to measure lake currents when an underwater avalanche sets off a rolling tower of water that threatens a boat that doesn't hear the warning to clear the lake. Dirk and Al ride the rescue . . . but find themselves facing new threats before the next dawn. These new troubles lead towards Mongolia and a rendezvous with history. Along the way, the world faces another crisis that only Dirk and Al can solve. Before the book is over, you'll travel to the Middle East, across the Gobi desert, through the ocean next to the big island of Hawaii, and into the corridors of power in Washington, D.C.

Here's the good news: Treasure of Khan is mostly about Dirk Senior and Al Giordino rather than Dirk Junior and Summer. Here's the bad news: The swagger is mostly missing.

Treasure of Khan follows the proven Clive Cussler recipe for a Dirk Pitt Adventure, but in a coolly scientific way, rather than with passion. The physical action is often strangely cerebral rather than gut-wrenching. That's the main disappointment in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clive Cussler - Treasure of Khan May 10 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Delivery was as scheduled and book description was as stated. Fictional story was captivating and very entertaining. Overall book was difficult to put down once started.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read April 28 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As always, I found Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt an exciting and, incredulously, believable at every far-fetched turn of events. This book had me going right to the grand finale. Super!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mind Controlling Fantasy Feb. 11 2009
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
19th Adventure of Dirk Pitt

Dirk Pitt with his sidekick Al Giordino takes us on another wild adventure, a mystery spanning from Siberia to Mongolia.

Cussler opens in his customary prologue, starting in Hakata Bay, Japan 1281 to Shang-Tu, China 1937 and from there things unfold at a fast pace to lake Baikal Siberia 2007.
While surveying for oil seepage a team of geophysicists are caught in the aftermath of a massive earthquake and subsequent seiche... What appears to be a simple act of nature, triggers further investigation...From there, we embark on a wild and never ending ride.

While Dirk Pitt and his teammate Al Giordino are tracking the lake's currents, they are nearly killed. Our heroes set out on the trail to find the mysterious mogul behind this sinister plot.... The adventure is full of intrigue as they face one peril after another and in typical Cussler fashion, they encounter an army of trained warriors and obstacles, naturally, they manage to outwit everyone....

The action is rolling on every page with surprises, lots of history, implausible bravado and close calls of his heroes. The story is just plain fun and enjoyable, you find everything you come to expect from a Clive Cussler's novel. Not only we have the familiar cast of lovable characters in Dirk and Al and some villains to hate, we find Summer and Dirk Jr as supporting characters in some very tight and exciting situations.

Cussler is a master at delivering the unimaginable, a mind controlling fantasy, the ultimate ride to the end.
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